Pancakes and Pitter Patter


Our last breakfast with Caleb and Jonah before they head down the road to Augusta. We toasted with blue glasses and ate pancakes together... also treasuring every moment with them. 
Older boys chilling and Jonah in the middle showing his moves....... kind of reminds me of a future garage band. Who knows what these little ones will be up to in the future. I asked Caleb and Sam one day as we were driving back from soccer camp, " What do you want to do when you grow up.. what do you DREAM of doing?" Caleb said clearly and confidently, " I want to be a zoo keeper!"  Sam said, " I want to be a cafeteria worker!" ( Sam's favorite part of soccer camp was eating in the cafeteria!) So, we'll see what the future holds!


Gotta love those pancakes!
After saying our goodbyes to the O'Neils, our friend, Katie and Caleb came over for a belated birthday dinner for Katie turning 30! Yea for the years of 30!  Katie taught me some embroidery stitches and I'm excited about having some sewing time on the 11 hour flight to Moscow! Oh, can't believe we are heading to Moscow in 3 days! So much going on and yet, so much to think about and pack and prepare for and wow, my heart is so full! 
Here is the little girl I embroidered on cardstock... so fun to do! I love embroidery on paper! You take a little prick thing... and poke holes into the design you want and then you take your needle and thread and create! Voila!  A little girl... of course, this is little Rosie or a symbol of her!  I was playing around with stitching on the dress and trying to make a cute pattern but it turned out kind of funny. Katie said, "Her dress looks like it is from the rag bag"... yes, it does! Katie always has a great way of making me laugh!

IMG_1952 This is Katie's creation.. it's beautiful. This is a card to go on a wedding present with the bride's initials... and Katie even sewed the initials like the bride writes her name... so thoughtful.

Can't wait to make more creations with needle and thread.  There is definitely something so relaxing about hand work and taking out the needle, threading it, looping it and making a creation of some sort. While we were sewing and talking, there was a steady rain on the sunroom tin roof... made it into a perfect rainy summer afternoon of embroidery and hanging out with a good friend. I said, " Katie, do you think we'll be doing this together when we are 85 years old."  She said, Yes, but not in the uncool way.  So, I'm thinking, what will be the "cool" way when we are 85?  
Time will tell.....

3 more days until Russia!! Have much to pack, to plan, to get together ( trip to Target)...We're gathering clothing for the orphanage and getting fun little toys and things for Rosie. OHHHH,  I cant' wait to hold her!